ROSWELL, New Mexico (Reuters) – An Austrian daredevil leapt from a balloon 24 miles (38 km) above the planet on Sunday in an attempt to break a 52-year-old altitude record for skydiving, project sponsors said.
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner, 43, stepped outside the capsule tethered to a massive but extremely delicate helium balloon high above Roswell, New Mexico, and dove into the stratosphere.
He aims to set four world records, including becoming the first person to break the speed of sound in a skydiving freefall.
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Doina Chiacu)
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